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Aeronut
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I used to shoot lots of pictures with my 35mm Pentax cameras and then went to a Sony digital when film got hard to find. I missed my SLR cameras and made the decision to find a DSLR that I could afford and had the features I was used to.

After a lot of research I chose a Nikon D3100. I use the camera a lot at my daughter's BMX races and have become the track photographer at our local track and have been invited to take pictures at other tracks. The most used feature on my D3100 is the ability to shoot frames at around 1/sec. and the camera will hold up to 100 pictures in a buffer. My D3100 has taken around 6500 pictures since I bought it last March.

One drawback is that the D300 has some problems with the mode dial malfunction where it will not come up to the mode that is indicated on the dial.
Mine is in the shop for a scheduled cleaning and hopefully the mode dial problems will be fixed for good. I like my camera.

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This Egret was almost 100 yards away when it took off. I shot the picture with a 55-300mm lens and let the autofocus do the focus. Not too bad for just a split second point and shoot opportunity.
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Like I said, I like my Nikon.

Dennis

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Steve Chappell
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After a good deal of research and reading on several rating sites, I purchased a Nikon D7000 over the Canon 7D. I did not want a pro level DSLR but I wanted one where the odds of growing out of it are slim. I believe I have achieved this. I have found these DSLR cameras are incredibly complicated and sensitive compared to the old film SLRs. I had a good idea going into this it was going to take a serious commitment on my part to learn everything I need to know to shoot great pics in any setting; that process started this morning with my first class. My head is spinning on all the detail these cameras offer but I am excited to continue to learn. I am told getting high quality lenses is more important on DSLRs due to how sensitive they are. My first lens is a Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 ED. I would encourage anyone looking to get into this to read about it first and then look at the ratings of the cameras and lenses you have set your eye on before buying. There are several very good websites that focus specifically on cameras and Lenses.

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Ray Lyon
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Steve, that's a good heads up for those of us watching this and contemplating the plunge. Please keep us informed as to your progress.

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Canon G-11, have used this for little over a year and very happy with the quality, and weight without stepping up to a DSLR.

Whatever you are considering, there probably is a review on wwwdpreview.com

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eminart
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If it hasn't been mentioned yet, lenses are far more important than the camera body. You really can't go wrong with any dslr body. All of them are good and capable of producing great images. Some of them have more bells and whistles and controls that are easier to navigate, but they'll all do what you want. Most of the entry level dslr's (Nikon at least) don't have internal focusing motors, so you're limited to buying lenses that have their own motors. Not a big deal to most people, but if you're really into photography, it cuts down on your lens selection dramatically.

Where things get important, and expensive, is the lenses. You can quickly go bankrupt lusting after camera lenses.

A few of my photos:

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Mo0se
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I use a Canon T1I..great body for the money. I will echo what someone else said..lenses matter more than anything. That being said I think the perfect point and shoot with Manual capability has to be the Canon SX210IS it can likely be found at clearance prices well south of $200. It's 14 megapixel with a lot of great features.
I take it with me when I don't want to lug around the DSLR. Here are some shots from the past weekend at a 3d Shoot.

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Jay Campbell JD
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I have 2 Nikon D-7000s, and a D-800 on the way. That said, it's all about the lenses. In fact, the priority for great pictures might be: Composition, Light, Lenses, Camera. in the Nikon vs. Canon DSLR world, pick one and stay with it. The reason is lenses, as with those two great camera makers, the lenses never really go out of date. I recently sold a 25 year old manual focus Nikon 600mm f 4 for $2,000.

If I had to choose, I would shoot with an old Nikon D-70 camera (ten year old technology) and keep my 300mm f2.8, and be happy. if I were forced to choose between a new Point and Shoot 16 Mega Pixel camera and an old DSLR or even SLR 35mm camera and "great" interchangeable lenses, I would take the camera with the interchangeable lenses. For me, the options are greater, the ability to adjust is greater.

Of course, I have point and shoot cameras, the Lumix waterproof models, and they can take great, publishable pictures (and underwater, and underwater HD video). but in my opinion, everything has to be just right for that to happen.

But at the end of the day, if composition and light is right, even the I phone can take a truly great photograph.  My opinion, of course. See our longbow hunting pictures at www.jaycampbellphotography.com, private gallery longbows, password "Buffalo", capital B. 

Best, Jay and Karen Campbell

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Canon 5d with a 70-300 is L lens and a 34-105 IS L lens. Awesome pics
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I am just getting into the DSLR camera's and purchased a Nikon D7000. It is way more camera than I will ever learn to use, and not sure it was a good choice for my first camera.

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You'll be fine. Go to kenrockwell.com and click on camera reviews, go to nikon cameras, and look at the d7000 "user guide." With the U1 and U2 dial modes this allows you instant changeable modes for people and things.
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Steve Chappell
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I was told in hunting you do not want to cut corners on boots or optics and I prescribe to that. With cameras, as Jay shared above, lenses make a big difference. My first lens actually cost $600 more than my D7000 camera body. I refused to buy one of the package deals because they always pair the camera with a lower quality lens…not bad lenses. Be careful and protect your valuables when in use and not in use, they are expense to repair or replace! I’d suggest taking classes. There are also DVDs that go over in detail all the components of the Nikon D7000. I found it all super confusing at first but as I combined classes with the DVD I became acquainted enough with the camera to us it and play around with it and that is when things really came together. There is still a lot for me to learn with the D7000 but I’d rather have a camera I know I can still grow with than one I have maxed out or grown out of. Keep at it with your D7000 you’ll be glad you did! The only downfall with the lens I use is most of the time is its weight. I refused to take the camera and lens up over the mountain to trout fish at a remote lake when out west Elk hunting this fall…opting for my point and shoot feather weight camera…which as Jay also pointed out takes great pictures too.

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vey nice
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Nikon D7000

I used to shoot a Nikon D80.

Before that a Canon 10D

Each was a great camera.

I am a firm believer that the best camera is the one that you have... [Big Grin]

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I need to replace a Canon XTi ...a 12.1 MP one with maybe another one with the ? whats it called rear view, not thru the eyepiece, wife hate them, any suggetions on NEW canons?
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I like my Sony Alpha 100.

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